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Tom and Julie Robertson
Fond adieu to Marlene, a vivacious and generous neighbor and friend. We will miss her beautiful presence, but will hold her in our hearts.
My prayers are with my dear friend Lauren Williams and her family. May happy times live in your hearts forever.
Aunt Marlene, you made everything beautiful for everyone around you. From your delicious meals, to your lovely home, to the welcoming hugs you gave all of us when we came to visit, I always felt extra special wallking through your doors. You were a huge part of my childhood, and I will cherish those memories forever. I love you! Katrina
Marlene Always greeted everyone with her Beautiful smile! I loved singing in the choir with her! After she stopped singing in the choir I enjoyed seeing her smiling and singing together with Tom in the pews at First Pres. Mary and I extend our deepest condolences to you and your family Tom! We are out of town and unable to tell you in person. May God’s Peace be with you all!
Marlene always exuded elegance, charm, and style and always with a smile and warm greeting. We know she suffered in recent years but Linda and l never saw that deter her from being her best ALWAYS. Don't know if her reward will be a halo or a cape, but likely both.
What a lovely lady. When I first moved to AI I meet Marlene playing golf with the 9 hole ladies at the FB city course. She made feel so welcomed. I cherished her friendship from day 1.
Marlene D. Spayde
Marlene D. Spayde, 84, of Fernandina Beach passed away peacefully after a 10 year battle with Parkinson’s Disease on Friday, June 3, 2022 at the Warner Hospice Center for Caring.
Born in Battle Creek Michigan, she was a daughter of the late Alton and Geraldine Herrington. Marlene was raised and lived most of her life in Michigan and attended Ferris State College where she met and married her husband Tom in 1958. They owned and operated the 5th generation of Spayde’s Pharmacy where she loved working the old fashion soda fountain and gift area of the Pharmacy. Marlene along with Tom made many after hour deliveries to nursing homes and homebound customers in their rural community. Marlene was very active in her local Presbyterian church where she taught Sunday school, sang in the choir, lead vacation bible school and orchestrated many pancake breakfasts fundraisers for the church. She was also a local school board member and participated in many bible study groups.
In 1997, Marlene and Tom moved to Fernandina Beach to escape the cold and grey days of Michigan. They moved along with their eldest daughter, husband and grandchildren. She transferred her membership to First Presbyterian Church where she sang in the choir and continued to teach Sunday school.
Marlene truly loved her family, her rescued cats and dogs, and of course anything PINK. She loved entertaining friends and family, always preparing a wonderful meal for them. She enjoyed golfing and was a member of the Women’s Golf League at the Fernandina Beach Golf Course. She never missed a golf match or Jaguar game on TV. She loved gardening especially her beloved roses.
She was predeceased by her grandson, Benjamin Byrns in 2012.
She leaves behind her husband of 64 years, Thomas W. Spayde of Fernandina Beach; her daughters, Laurie Byrns (Ken) of Fernandina Beach, Linda Thoma (Bill of Avila Beach, CA and his children, Jeff (Alexis), Jessica (Kyle) and grandchildren); her grandchildren, Lauren Williams (Gantt), Michael Blodgett (Martha) and Makenzie Blodgett; her great grandchildren, Holland and Reid Blodgett.
Funeral services for Mrs. Spayde will be held Thursday, June 9, 2022 beginning at 2:00 PM at First Presbyterian Church of Fernandina Beach. The family will receive friends at Oxley-Heard Funeral Directors on Wednesday, June 8, 2022 from 5:00 - 7:00 PM. Those in attendance are invited to wear pink in honor of Marlene.
A private burial will be held after the service at Bosque Bello Cemetery.
The family request those who desire to contribute in Marlene’s honor may do so to either First Presbyterian Church, 9 N 6th St., Fernandina Beach, FL 32034 or Community Hospice Jane and Bill Warner Center for Caring, 1348 S 18th St, Bldg B, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034.